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Review: could Folic acid cause Headache?

Summary: Headache could be caused by Folic acid, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 6 - 12 months, also take Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 84,029 people who have side effects while taking Folic acid from FDA and social media. Among them, 2,874 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

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Folic acid

Folic acid (latest outcomes from 84,682 users) has active ingredients of folic acid. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis.

Headache

Headache (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,203,664 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 84,066 people reported to have side effects when taking Folic acid. Among them, 3,354 people (3.99%) have Headache. They amount to 0.28% of all the 1,202,806 people who have Headache on eHealthMe.

Trend of Headache in Folic acid reports

Time on Folic acid when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache28.30%16.98%28.30%5.66%13.21%7.55%0.00%

Age of people who have Headache when taking Folic acid * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.07%0.79%2.71%4.53%10.59%18.03%27.05%36.24%

Severity of Headache when taking Folic acid ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headache16.00%64.00%20.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Headache ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Headache20.00%0.00%80.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (1,010 people, 30.11%)
  2. Pain (296 people, 8.83%)
  3. Paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (219 people, 6.53%)
  4. Depression (206 people, 6.14%)
  5. Hypertension (201 people, 5.99%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (1,316 people, 39.24%)
  2. Prednisone (729 people, 21.74%)
  3. Humira (693 people, 20.66%)
  4. Aspirin (525 people, 15.65%)
  5. Enbrel (451 people, 13.45%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • i used to be on prednisone for same condition.. unfortunately i could not funtion much with the vertigo i got from it. since i have been put on self injection form of methotrexate the vertigo has gotten better... still happens at least every other day but not nearly as bad! i can still work through it! my condition has turned out to be due to an unfound origin. been told i am a medical mystery even.

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    Fresno on Dec, 9, 2012:

    Over the past year, I have lost substantial muscle tone. Strength remains ok but significant change is hardness of muscles though my diet and workout routine remain the same. I stopped finasteride and continue to loss muscle tone. Have had blood work and other tests all negative. Any suggestions

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    william mcniff on Nov, 20, 2012:

    No one lost muscle tissue/weight during or after the BMT????Really??? I lost 75lbs during and after my BMT. 205 to 130lbs. I have no muscle mass at all.
    It has been over 4 years since my transplant and I still cannot rebuild the lost muscle. This is with
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    I find it hard to believe muscle wasting did not occur with other patients.

    Fraud!!!!

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